One New Change Opens

designed by Ateliers and Sidell Gibson Architects

One New ChangeJean Nouvel and Sidell Gibson Architects’ mixed use facility, has just opened in Cheapside, London.  The project includes over 340,000 ft of office space and an additional 220,000 sqf for commercial use.  It is set to become London’s newest shopping destination and bring life to the area, “all set overlooking London’s most famous landmark, St. Paul’s Cathedral.”  The project has sparked controversy as Sian Disson shared, “…staunch traditionalist Prince Charles made his feelings towards the glass and steel hulk clear from an early stage, attempting to have Nouvel thrown off the project when he learnt of the architect’s appointment.” Contrastly, as we reported earlier this year, the project was awarded by the MIPIM with the jury noting that the project will transform the area bringing a refreshing contrast.  While the public voiced their opinion about the color selection, Nouvel’s use of glass provides blurred reflections of the Cathedral to be seen in its facade, gently referencing the historic landmark within its contemporary presence.  Which side are you on?

More images after the break.

One New Change designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Sidell Gibson Architects
One New Change designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Sidell Gibson Architects
One New Change designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Sidell Gibson Architects
One New Change designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Sidell Gibson Architects
One New Change designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Sidell Gibson Architects
Cite: Cilento, Karen. "One New Change Opens" 31 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=86034>
  • Katsudon

    I’m definitely on the side looking forward.
    It looks really appealing. I’d just like to experience it for real.

  • simon

    This is architecture as real place creating, using solid tectonic detail and responsive form, strengthening the myth of the city both as social and as mysterious.

    Hats off to the architects.

  • Polina

    Amazing new piece of architecture, have no doubts it looks as stunning in flesh as it does on pics here.

  • anarchytecture

    Looks like Nouvel saw the IAC building by Frank Gehry (right next to Nouvel’s new condo building on the West waterfront in New York City) and decided “Hmmm, that film effect is something I’d like to try…” and ripped it off. Sad.

    • aze

      No, it’s not film… and it was Gehry who “borrowed” the Jean Nouvel frit detailing – used on the Dentsu Tower in Tokyo…. years ago!

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  • Oneway

    is anyone who has the plans and sections for one new change? i really need to do some research!!